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1000 YEAR WAR BETWEEN THE RELIGIONS AND SCIENCE
By Mohan Shenoy
It is clear that many religious dogmas will not stand water
when critically analysed by findings of science. Other
than a label for demographical purposes the religion one
identifies oneself with does not help in any significant
way in one’s life .

For forming groups, associations, societies and
camaraderie people of the same religion flock together.
If religion also provides basis for one’s language, culture
and ethnicity then it helps in unity of a community.

We find that Hindus from Andhra Pradesh will prefer to
form groups in the name of their language than their
religion because they will not associate themselves with
Hindus from Karnaataka or from Uttar Pradesh quite as
much as with those who speak Telugu. Kannada speaking
people in Delhi will mix with other Kannada people more
enthusiastically than with Hindi speaking people. This is
why a newly arrived Karnaataka woman resident in Delhi
would be quite excited to meet and mix with another
Karnaataka woman residing in Delhi for a longer period
for friendship, for a visit or for phone conversation.

Even when language and culture brings people together,
the religion makes its entry in case there is a wedding and
both the bride and bridegroom belong to the same
religion. All weddings are solemnized by following the
traditions and customs stated in the religious books. If
the religious customs are not applied in a wedding then it
is likely that the couple are not believers. An office
wedding is preferred by people who are staunch
Communists (Marxists). There has been attempts by some
outstanding thinkers through out history to set aside the
principles and practices based on religion and take up
more logical and rational ways and means to conduct
marriages.

The Catholic clergy in the medieval times were over-
ruled by Republican leaders in the appointment of kings
to the thrones of nations in Europe. Often Emperors
Akbar and Jahangir disregarded the advice of the Muslim
clerics in their dealings with Hindus during the Mughal
rule. America (USA) has kept religion out of the
administration stating that state and religion are to be
kept separate from each other.

Religion helps to decide the majority view on social
issues. For example the belief among the Hindus that the
cow is sacred comes in the way of unity among people of
different religions in India. The sound of music near a
mosque is a prohibited act and so Hindus will feel
resented if they are asked to stop singing Bhajans while
the procession passes through a street close to a mosque.
1000 YEAR WAR BETWEEN
THE RELIGIONS AND SCIENCE
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The ‘cow-music’ conflict has devoured all chances of
Hindu-Muslim unity through-out the recent past history
and continues to do so even now. All religious customs
and traditions can be argued as correct by the priests and
mullahs. No one has recommended that the citizens
should not practice any religion except in the Soviet
Republic of Russia, in North Korea, in Cuba and in China.
In fact Communism has been successful to a certain
extent in its attempt to thwart religion braking civilian
development based on science and technology.

Science has enlightened man to such an extent that the
mythical stories in the religious books are easily declared
as only concocted tales and can not be considered to have
taken place as stated. Common tales describing the
heaven and hell go so wild and auras that a school
graduate can consider them as fiction. However, the
sticklers to religion can not tear themselves away from
believing their books. The notion that one or other
religious book was composed by God, His Son or a Prophet
or an Avataar and therefore requires to be respected and
held sacred will slowly disappear when every man
becomes fully convinced of their worthlessness and turns
himself a rational human being. This is already taking
place but in a very subtle way.

The change will not be evident until the priestly class
itself becomes convinced of the futility of following what
is written in those books. The change will be so slow that
even a millennium will not be enough to declare the
complete demise of the religions as we know them now.
New beliefs and principles based on science will become
in practice. We therefore will have to wait for those
bright days of friendship and brotherhood among all
people. People will stop identifying themselves with a
religion or a religious book when such time will arrive.

Not all religious practices are good. Especially the
practice that preaches hatred and violence should be
eliminated. Wars were fought in ancient times and also in
the medieval times for religious beliefs and counter-
beliefs.
Blasphemy is a word that has been current and there are
laws since many centuries to punish people indulging in
blasphemy. When the 1000 year (or longer) war is over
and science wins, there will not be any blasphemy laws to
terrorize people.
Faith, Love, Hate, Fear, Anger, Jealousy are human
instincts. These instincts are descriptions of different
stages and appearances of a single consciousness that is
described by Bible as the Satan. The easiest of these to
lose is Faith and for a good reason. Faith is lost when
knowledge and reality rules the roost and like light
replacing darkness.
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